September 20, 2015

"I don't know what happened before I was born": Every Vote Counts goes to Ryerson U (Part Two)

Rebel Staff

In Part Two of our visit to Ryerson University, we turn their attention from the near future -- the October election -- to the past, as we quiz Ryerson University students on basic Canadian history.

It... doesn't go well.

"I don't know what happened before I was born," one fellow protests.

If the old saying is true -- that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it -- what does this say about our nation's future?


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commented 2015-09-20 21:53:55 -0400
Retitled. Who’s as smart as a 5th grader? 1 guy. But these are engineering students. I’ll admit I had no interest in politics at that age so I didn’t vote. Let’s hope they don’t either with their lack of information. This is the Age of Information, but it seems no one is using the resources available
commented 2015-09-20 19:30:34 -0400
The school circ is very short on history. Many complain about declining math skills (true) but kids get social studies from 1to 6 – a fluffy and boring course that all kids hate. (Says me.) Then there’s 7/8 history (mostly Canadian history but I guess it’s forgotten judging by this video.)
commented 2015-09-20 17:03:18 -0400
That’s some collection of intellect they have there…a sure indication that Canada has passed its zenith as a nation and is now in decline, a process that cannot be arrested at this point because it has gained critical mass among the young, but which will certainly be accelerated by the election of either of the lunatic fringe parties, i.e. the Liberals or the NDP, on Oct. 19. But even if that is avoided, the Marxist-AGW MSM is steadily pushing Canada toward the edge of the cliff, brainwashing the next generation in delusion and stupidity (e.g. legalizing Marijuana) as legitimate policy. The only way to slow the process of decline (that’s the best we can hope for now), is to get out the conservative vote.
commented 2015-09-20 16:49:41 -0400
This reminds me of that guy from CBC who has interviewed people in the USA. I believe It was called ‘Talking to Americans’. The interviewer from that show asked Ameticans questions about Canada and the answers revealed the ignorance of our cousins to the south. Too many Canadians have an arrogance of superiority. We think we are so smart, so progressive, so avant-garde, morally righteous, just so much better. It’s just not so.
What I know from history is that great civilizations die from within. The west with its democratic institutions is built on the people. When the people sell their birth right, become complacent with ignorance, abandon the principles that made them great, shrug off economic and financial responsibility, adopt philosophies and cultural values that undermine liberties and the value of human life, we can expect the demise of our civilization. I wonder when it will finally come crashing down? I hope not for a while.
commented 2015-09-20 15:14:02 -0400
I am proud of Canada because of her history and of all the men and women who forged through the wilderness and created this nation with their blood sweat and tears.
We are the greatest nation on this planet .
How can we instill patriotism into our youth when then know so little of our glorious history.
They are taught to hate Canada not respect those who created a safe place to live work and go to school.
commented 2015-09-20 15:07:43 -0400
Cary Harris, I can see your comment dripping with sarcasm.
commented 2015-09-20 15:03:20 -0400
Bravo Zulu – thank you for your service. I’ve never gotten along well with HR departments either. The reason is that I’m technically oriented and a problem solver – HR departments are looking for those who can sell themselves. It’s a lot like an election – it doesn’t matter what you can do or how competent you really are, it’s how you present yourself and what the (inter)viewer thinks you’re saying. Substance is much less important than style.
“cool-headed under fire” isn’t HR speak – “able to function effectively in a crisis situation” is closer.
commented 2015-09-20 14:51:03 -0400
I am now very afraid. WOW
commented 2015-09-20 14:00:41 -0400
Yes, every vote counts, including that of these fine examples of higher education. Rest assured our country is in capable hands, thank goodness the mainstream media is providing balanced and objective news coverage so that these bright young people can make informed decisions.
commented 2015-09-20 13:33:16 -0400
Oh my God! I can’t believe these videos regarding these ignorant university and college people. Do they not learn History and Geography any more? Is this what the school system is churning out, a bunch of clueless individuals that are the future of our great country? These are the people that will one day assume leadership roles in industry and government. These are the people that will assume teaching positions in our schools and universities. If they are this dumb now, what can we expect from them in the future, what can we expect them to teach our grandchildren?
This makes the Ontario curriculum that the pig Wynn just brought in much more of a disgrace and farce than anybody ever thought. Those kids will be learning how to put a condom on a cucumber rather that who the first Prime Minister of Canada was, or whether or not BC is on the East or West coast.
A shameful state of affairs indeed. I wonder how the so called teachers feel about the videos and the dumb responses to questions that grade school kids should know the answers to.
commented 2015-09-20 12:56:10 -0400
Why am I suddenly glad I graduated from high school nearly 30 years ago…?

And these are supposedly the next generation of “leaders”…? Oh $%^&*…
commented 2015-09-20 12:50:46 -0400
The level of ignorance shown in this video is pretty bad, especially not knowing which year Canada became a sovereign country, and that BC is on the West Coast, not the East Coast. But don’t think Canada is alone in this. It’s not, by a long shot.

An essayist I like to read, Theodore Dalrymple, was a doctor who saw a great many patients over his career. He was a psychiatrist for most of that career and practiced in England. He always did a short knowledge assessment with each new patient and asked them basic questions like “when was World War II?” and “what is 6 × 7?”. In all the thousands of times he asked those questions, and considering only people who had their entire education in England, only TWO people ever got the years for WW II correct. Guesses ranged from 1914 to 1960 for the starting and ending years. Only half a dozen of these patients ever gave the correct answer to 6 × 7.

The United States spends considerably more on its education system than any other country in the world, or so I keep reading. I saw a quiz show on TV once where a young American woman who looked old enough to have finished high school was asked to name any of the three ships that sailed on Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. Her answer was “The Titanic”. A young man that looked to be around 30 was given a multiple choice question that asked: “Four men named John, Paul, George and Ringo were in a well-known band. What was that band? a) The Beatles b) The Clash c) The Village People d) Pink Floyd”. He chose The Village People.

A Holocaust researcher was asking university students in Pennsylvania about WW II. She started by asking when WW II was. Most of the students had no idea; one guessed that it was about 300 years ago. She asked them who Hitler was. The closest answer she could get was that he was President of Amsterdam. She asked them who Winston Churchill was. None of them knew for certain; the closest guess was that he was an American general. She asked them where political prisoners were kept by the Germans; none of them even knew the term “concentration camp”. When she’d introduced them to that term, none of them could name a single concentration camp.

I don’t know what they’re teaching in the schools and universities any more but it doesn’t appear to be basic history, arithmetic, and they don’t even seem to be learning a lot of basic pop culture in their own time. I think this is going to be very VERY bad going forward as people lack even the most basic knowledge. I fear for this country and its future if its citizens are so appallingly ignorant.
commented 2015-09-20 11:45:22 -0400
Sorry, I meant to say Bravo. Please excuse the misspelled word.
commented 2015-09-20 11:43:32 -0400
Someone please tell me I just didn’t hear this. Someone please tell me that university students are not this dense. What are students learning in school today and these are the very people who will be running this country one day. What a scary thought. What a shame for Canada. You are right Brave… God help us all.
commented 2015-09-20 10:07:25 -0400
Yay Kevin! haha, that was too funny. Now I just have to quiz all my sons and see if they know the answers to those questions the next time I see them…….
Either way, at least I know 2 out of the 3 will vote for Harper.
commented 2015-09-20 09:01:25 -0400
What are they teaching kids in grade school and university … how to protest? … how to hate Stephen Harper? … how to live off of the system? Yikes!
commented 2015-09-20 08:45:22 -0400
LOL? How can university students not know east from west? That was pretty shameful.
commented 2015-09-20 08:30:06 -0400
I made a comment previously on another post about me being young and naive once also. I TAKE IT BACK.
commented 2015-09-20 08:18:39 -0400
What are the students being taught today? When I was that age I sure as hell knew the country I was living in, the past and present. I am ashamed that the school system feels the need to turn students into ignorant socialist environmentalists instead of knowledgeable citizens, with knowledge there is no stopping a person. Where do these people live? I am sorry but every Canadian should know those questions that were asked, we expect our new Canadians to pass a test with those very same questions, shame on all who refuse to know our own countries history. I may not know everything that happened in the past but I can assure you I do know our past, just like every Canadian should.
commented 2015-09-20 07:35:43 -0400
After I retired from the military I could not get a job because I did not have any formal education or skill that the “human resistance” folks could identify with.

It is interesting – these students are getting a formal education.

No wonder those young “human resistance” interviewers – mostly women by the way – were unable to formulate a sentence or actual talk about something other than a smart phone app – they went through the modern day Canucklehead school system!!

God help us all.
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